“Okay God, what’s my strategy?” I was in the back of a little white sedan on my way to my first street evangelism experience in the heart of Minneapolis. I felt like I had gotten into something way over my head. I don’t want to talk to strangers! Especially not about Jesus. But I am going to college to be a missionary. This plunged conviction right into my soul. I felt the need to get out there.
“How am I going to do this, God?” I love talking to God. But the best part is that as believers, we can have dialogue with God. Not monologue, but dialogue. He will converse with us if we are willing to listen.
“Do you know what I have done for you?” His voice was loud in my spirit.
Well, yeah, of course I know what God has done for me. He sent his son to die on the cross for my sins. Now His son is in heaven and preparing to return.
“That’s all you have to know.”
That makes sense! Just taking the story of Christ to the streets. People aren’t targets but people. I understood what I was doing, and I was excited!
When I finally got out on the streets, I put the whole evening into the hands of God. My prayer was that I would be fully led by the Spirit and speak only to those who are ready to hear about Jesus. So it took me completely by surprise when I had walked 3 blocks with my team and hadn’t been led to talk with anyone! However, I had been praying for many people along the way. Each person I prayed for, someone on my team felt led to talk to.
I came back from the experience feeling like a failure. I hadn’t talked with anyone! Some sort of missionary I was. But I had completely overlooked the whole point of the evening: I am not a missionary for the gain of numbers or for the attention of fellow man. I am a missionary because I heard the call of the Lord, listened, and obeyed. I went. God told me to pray. I prayed. I wasn’t a failure or a success. It was for God’s glory that I walked the streets praying that night. And it’s why I continue to walk the streets praying. I heard the call.
Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”